SYDNEY - Anglican priests who hear confessions of sexual abuse and other crimes may report them to authorities, the Sydney diocese has decided.
HALIFAX - Rescuers found a man clinging to the body of a fellow crewman who died after a cargo freighter sank in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland. Two other bodies were found, and rescuers were looking for two more.
BOGOTA - Marxist rebels kidnapped two Organization of American States officials, raising the stakes in their campaign to sabotage local elections set for this weekend.
COLOMBO - Troops killed up to 58 Tamil Tiger rebels in ambushes in the northern Wanni region, the Defense Ministry said.
PARIS - Two Romanians were jailed robbing wealthy foreign tourists in Paris by dressing up in B movie police raincoats and conducting sham identity checks.
KABUL - The Islamic Taliban movement launched a sports show to celebrate the first anniversary of their capture of Kabul, a month late due to financial difficulties. Around 3,000 male athletes participated in the show, held in Kabul's national stadium, which bears the scars of the more than five years of bitter internecine war.
LONDON - Britons who believe their human rights have been infringed will find it easier to seek legal redress under plans announced by the government to incorporate the European Convention on Human Rights into domestic law.
BORDEAUX - Maurice Papon, whose trial for crimes against humanity in Nazi-occupied France was suspended until Monday on health grounds, must stay in hospital through the weekend to treat a serious bout of bronchitis, the hospital said.
BEIJING - The government has detained a Chinese journalist working for a left-wing Hong Kong newspaper, the Ta Kung Pao, China's mouthpiece in the territory, local journalists said.
KHARTOUM - President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has formed a 377-member commission to draft a new constitution for the country, state television said.
BRUSSELS - Police said they found more human bones at a house belonging to Hungarian-born Andras Pandy, suspected of murdering six members of his family.
JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu aims to meet President Clinton in the United States next month despite a news report the American president is avoiding the Israeli leader, an aide said.
BERLIN - The U.S.-based Church of Scientology said it is planning its biggest demonstration in Germany on Monday in protest at what it says is discrimination against religious minorities here.
Vienna - A German baker has used white chocolate to create what he says is a pale version of Vienna's famous and much imitated Sacher torte chocolate cake.
PHNOM PENH - The U.S. Embassy warned Americans in Cambodia to be especially cautious during a weekend gathering of strongman Hun Sen's political party.